ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A lot of red bled over into blue at the polls during Tuesday’s primary election for St. Louis County Executive.
Were Republicans who cast ballots in the Democratic primary trying to set up a better situation for GOP hopeful Rick Stream, or simply choosing the lesser of two evils for county executive?
“I really think it’s the latter in most cases,” said University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson. “I talked to a couple of people myself who felt that it was unlikely that a Republican could win this race in November and that [Steve] Stenger was preferable to [Charlie] Dooley.”
Robertson spoke with KMOX’s Charlie Brennan and Debbie Monterrey, adding that he still thinks a Republican would have a reasonable chance at winning the county executive seat, though Stream would have been much more competitive against a candidate like Dooley as opposed to Stenger.
He noted voter turnout ran about 25 percent – about 10 percent higher than expected.
Robertson said much of that had to do with the high-profile showdown between Dooley and Stenger.
“I think that Dooley, who wound up with 10,000, 9,000 fewer votes this time than he did in 2010 when he was virtually unchallenged, lost some support among key constituencies in various parts of the county,” Robertson said.
Stenger knocked out Dooley by a more than 2 to 1 margin.
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